This practical 1-day workshop will start with a recap of common dental pathology seen in clinical practice, how to identify it and record it accurately.

We will teach you how to efficiently take a series of full mouth dental radiographs and the reasons why this is so important to be able to provide high quality dentistry.  Equipment care and maintenance will also be covered.

The rest of the day will focus on the theory and practical components of a ten-step professional periodontal therapy program:

  1. Probing and charting
  2. Intra-oral X rays
  3. Recording findings and creating a treatment plan
  4. Chlorhexidine irrigation, gross removal of supra gingival plaque and calculus
  5. Supra and sub gingival scaling and closed root planing
  6. Gingival surgery and open root planing as required
  7. Polishing
  8. Sulcular lavage
  9. Homecare advice
  10. Recalls and Rechecks

Key Skills:

At the end of this workshop delegates will be able to:

  • Perform complete professional periodontal therapy
  • Take a full set of intra-oral xrays with efficiency and confidence
  • Make recommendations to clients regarding a dental treatment plan for their pets and suitable dental home care options

Craig Hunger

BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry and Oral surgery)

Craig Hunger graduated from Massey University with a BVSc in 1998. Since then he has worked in clinical practice, both in New Zealand and the UK. During this time, he developed an interest in small animal dentistry, culminating in attaining membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery in 2012. He owns and operates a dental and surgical referral clinic in Auckland, as well as providing in-clinic dental training. He is passionate about raising the profile and standard of small animal dentistry in New Zealand, by providing education to vets and nurses.

This workshop is accredited for 7 NZVNA CPD points. 

Practical Dentistry for Vet Nurses